Southeastern PA

Driver charged with homicide by vehicle in death of Bucks sheriff's deputy

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. - The driver in a crash that killed an off-duty Bucks County deputy sheriff earlier this month is facing more serious charges.

Harry Burak, 27, of East Rockhill Township, is charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence.

The Bucks County district attorney's office said he drank five beers in an hour and a half at a nearby bar not long before causing the crash that killed Bucks County Deputy Sheriff Keith Clymer.

Police say Burak turned left into his driveway near Sterner Mill Road, in front Clymer's motorcycle.

Clymer, 48, of Kintnersville, died at the scene.

Burak was initially charged with driving with a suspended license. An affidavit shows Burak's license had been suspended until at least 2023 because of multiple DUI convictions.

Police said they detected alcohol on Burak's breath after the crash. Tests showed he had a blood alcohol concentration of .18 shortly after the crash, more than the twice the legal limit in Pennsylvania, according to the district attorney's office.

Investigators said surveillance video shows Burak drinking five beers in an hour and a half at a nearby bar, then buying a six-pack and leaving around 6 p.m. The crash occurred at 8:30 p.m.

Police also said Burak had to be detained in handcuffs right after the crash struggling with officers at the scene.

In a recorded phone call with his girlfriend in Bucks County jail two days after the crash, Burak acknowledged he saw Clymer's motorcycle when he turned left, officials said.

Burak was arraigned Tuesday and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 19.

Homicide by vehicle while DUI is a second-degree felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.


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